Reporting an accident

Section 58 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 2018 requires licence holders to take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent an accident involving controlled materials, controlled apparatus or controlled facilities. If an accident happens, the licence holder must take all reasonably practicable steps to control the accident and minimise the consequences including injury to any person and impact on the environment.

The licence holder must tell the CEO about the accident within 24 hours of it happening and provide a written report about the accident within 14 days.

A regulatory guide has been prepared to assist licence holders in their compliance with this licence condition. The guide defines an 'accident' and provides information on when and how such accidents must be reported.

Accidents should be reported using the accident notification form.

Regulatory Guide: Reporting an Accident:
see Regulatory guides

Accident Notification Form:
see Regulatory forms

The CEO invites feedback on the usefulness of these documents. Comments can be sent to

Information provided in accident reports is included in the Australian Radiation Incident Register (ARIR).